The Journey Of Salman The Persian

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Would you seek the truth…

…despite the cost?

Imprisoned by his father…

…betrayed by scholarly authority…

…and enslaved in a strange land:

all obstacles on the arduous Journey of Salman the Persian .

This is the story of one man’s struggle to find the truth

Relive the journey as Salman journeys from Persia to Syria to Arabia…

…as a Zoroastrian priest, a dedicated Christian, and finally a Companion of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

The Unique Vantage Point in a World Awaiting Muhammad ﷺ

Islam came to the Arabs, whereas Salman traversed from outside the Arab world searching high and low. He brought with him insight and experience strange to the Arabs of the time:

  • Intimate view of the Persian and Roman empires of the time
  • Time spent in Persia as a Zoroastrian Fire Keeper
  • Experience with the dying strands of early Christianity
  • Study in Nestorian churches of each town he visited
  • Entering Madinah recognizing it as the prophesied city of the Prophet
  • Powerful moment of meeting the Prophet ﷺ for the very first time

Overcome Your Own Struggles With Seeking Truth

Every path to truth is met with obstacles. Most experience just one or two, whereas Salman encountered them all.

  • Non-practicing and/or adversarial parents
  • Corrupted teachers and scholarly leadership
  • Lack of resources
  • Face of doubt and insecurities
  • Alienation and isolation upon accepting the truth
  • Classical sources in foreign languages

How the Prophet ﷺ Treated Salman

Not only are there lessons for every truth seeker…

…learn how the Prophet ﷺ cared, integrated, welcomed and learned from Salman the Persian.

These are also lessons in how to care for truth seekers:

  • an inquisitive child
  • a friend asking critical questions about Islam
  • a family member coming back to religion
  • a convert community trying to transition
  • anyone struggling with the truth

The Prophet ﷺ placed his hand upon Salman’s and said,

“By the One in whose Hand is my soul! If faith were on Pleiades (the stars) then men among these people would reach it.” [Tirmidhi]

This IlmNight discover your own personal path to truth.

About The Instructor

Shaykh Omar Suleiman

Imam Omar Suleiman is the President of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research and a professor of Islamic Studies at Southern Methodist University. He’s also the resident scholar of the Valley Ranch Islamic Center, and Co-Chair of Faith Forward Dallas at Thanks-Giving Square, a multi-faith alliance for peace and justice.

Shaykh Omar has taught Islamic Studies at the university level since 2008 with Mishkah University and the Islamic Seminary of America. As a valued AlMaghrib instructor, Shaykh Omar developed one of the most successful seminars “Behind the Scenes: An In-Depth Study of the Spiritual Practices of the Best Generations”. He also is one of the main features at our annual conferences and retreats: IlmFest and IlmSummit.